KWP Club Leadership and Board of Directors
Eric Chaplin, Board President, Director
Eric has been a paddler for many years. First as a canoeist, but upon finding that kayaks are more durable for the water he likes to swim in, he took a 5 hours crash course at the Gull in 2016. He quickly got an unreliable roll and has been finding new ways to wreck his kayak ever since. For those that don’t know, after 7 roll attempts he does tend to look for a t-rescue. Parts of his sanity (and paint from various boats) pepper the continent but his new plastic love has only seen the Ottawa, Mississauga, Gull, Grand, and lock 28 on the Trent-Severn. With a knack for bringing pretty good food to our potlucks, he looks forward to being as friendly and welcoming to new members, as he has been fortunate to have experienced.
Simon Dadds, Secretary and Website Management, Director
Simon was introduced to kayaking in 1992, when he did a beginners whitewater course at the Gull River, after a weeklong road trip which included the Kipawa river in a raft and running the Madawaska section in front of MKC. Two decades later, still wearing the same paddling clothes, he is back. (Though the R7 kayak is now a lawn ornament or goat watering trough somewhere in northern BC).
He has a family of 3 and they all like to paddle. If you see on the river a necky jive, with duct tape around the cockpit, that’s him.
Marc Joanis, Membership and Financial Management, Director
Hi everyone , I consider myself a new paddler in terms of years as I have only been paddling Whitewater for 3 seasons now. However I paddle weekly from March to October and can be found most frequently at the Whitewater Preserve in Minden Hills on the Gull River. I have been fortunate to paddle the all sections of Madawaska, the Ottawa River, the town and upper Petawawa, The Gatineau, The Rouge, Valleyfield and a number of US rivers. I live to paddle! I also enjoy camping, hanging and cooking for my paddling friends. I have made so many great friends through paddling and I welcome all new paddlers that are seeking a group of friendly people that will lend assistance in helping you get started with Whitewater Paddling. SYOTR!
Milton Bermeo, Events Planning and Promotion, Director
Hi, My name is Milton Bermeo. I began whitewater kayaking when it was the fastest growing sport in Canada back in the early 90’s. I am very passionate about whitewater kayaking so I am always eager to help anyone who wants to try it. I feel the time has come to give back more of my time to promote this sport I love through KWP as others have done in the past.
Barb Cardwell , Member At Large, Director
Barb has been addicted to whitewater kayaking for many years now, after being introduced to it through MKC. Her career took her on a detour to Calgary for 12 years, where she enjoyed being an active member of and serving on the board of the Paddle Junkies whitewater club.
Upon retiring in 2017, Barb returned to Ontario to fulfill her longtime dream of lakefront living, minutes from her beloved Madawaska River, where her addiction began. She also currently serves on the board of Paddler Cooperative in Palmer Rapids, as she has a strong desire to give back to the paddling community that has given her so much support and enjoyment.
Barb intends to spend as much of her retirement years as possible on the rivers, so if you’re heading to the Madawaska Valley, she’ll happily join you on any of the local runs. She’s easy to spot on the river in her hot pink boat & gear, and with a big smile on her face!